The Minority in Parliament has called on government to reconsider the reopening of schools amidst increasing Coronavirus cases.
According to them, a dead student student cannot write exam, therefore there is no point reopening schools when the students are getting infected.
“We must prioritize the lives of the students, after all, how can sick or dead students write exams. The examinations can be postponed but the safely of our future leaders cannot be postponed.”
“It is time government reconsiders keeping our schools opened while we enter our rooms everyday with prayer that no one gets infected. We also have a choice of reducing such high risk, by closing these schools for a much extended period until we are sure of having contained the virus which would reflect on our cases per day. In the last few days, Ghana recorded over 750 and over 690 cases per day. This does not provide any parent the comfort to assume the safety of their children,” the statement said.
This comes after reports that some students of the Accra Girls Senior High had contracted the virus which eventually led to a picket by the students.
President Akufo Addo announced the resumption of school by Final year SHS and Form Two Gold Track students to enable them prepare for examinations.
However, Clement Apaak, MP, Builsa South and Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament who signed the statement said, “the government, the Ministry of Education, the Teacher Unions and Civil Society Organizations, must get back to the table, and with the help of medical experts, re-examine the situation at hand, and make amends in the initial decisions that saw the reopening of schools. If the real motive to reopen schools is for final year students to prepare to write their final examinations, then a second look at this motive in the face of rising cases and reported cases in some schools is warranted.”